Welcome to another Artist Highlight from the As You Wish Helmet Project! This helmet along with 49 others will be displayed a Star Wars: Celebration VI in Orlando, FL from Aug 23-26. Starting Thursday, August 23 these helmets will be auctioned on eBay by the Make-A-Wish Foundation with 100% of the proceeds going to support Make-A-Wish.
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Artist: Rich Dellinger
TDH: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Dellinger: I live in Northern California with my wife and son. I like cars. I work as a software designer for a fruit company in Cupertino. Like some other artists on the project, as a younger person I aspired to do sculpture, makeup and special effects for movies, but over time my interests led me into an entirely different career.
TDH: What drew you to the As You Wish Helmet Project?
Dellinger: I like everything about the As You Wish project. It's wonderful to help raise awareness and donations for the Make-A-Wish foundation. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to be part of this effort. It's also really nice for Lucasfilm to embrace and support this charity project and the artistic contributions of its fans. The art project itself involved Boba Fett, which was great.
TDH: What was your inspiration for For the Love of Holiday Specials?
Dellinger: I was inspired by a couple of things. Originally my inspiration for this project was the art piece, "For the Love of God" by Damien Hirst, which is a platinum skull covered in diamonds:
Second: As a kid in pre-Internet 1970s, if there was a big cultural event, there wasn't much opportunity to seek out additional media about the topic. For Star Wars, we had comics, action figures, and television media like the Star Wars Holiday Special. Now, that TV special is generally mocked/reviled by fans. But as a kid, I thought it was awesome. This particular project was kind of celebration of that time, rendered in a bunch of crystals.
TDH: Tell us a little about the process of creating this helmet.
Dellinger: I discovered that the process of the exterior fell into two distinct parts: The first was researching Swarovski crystals and how they are attached to things. The second part Involved attaching crystals to the same thing about 12,000 times. There's something very calming about countless hours of repetitive detail work. It's like knitting a sweater or something, only with much more glue fumes.
It's easy to overlook from the pictures, but one of my favorite things about the helmet: The entire interior is covered with this beautiful blue padded leather liner, which was generously contributed by Lucas Alvarez from Argentina.
TDH: Now that the helmet is finished, if there is one thing you could change or do differently, what would it be?
Dellinger: I'm pretty happy with the way things turned out. I would like to have spent more time on the project. If I ever do another one, I'd want to use metal settings for each stone, and maybe do a Supertrooper version with clear crystals.
TDH: With your helmet finished, what is your next project?
Dellinger: I'm thinking about restoring a 1966 Mustang convertible. Anybody have one for sale? Front disc brakes and factory air are a plus.
The For the Love of Holiday Specials helmet WIP Images:
To really get the full effect of all these crystals, check out our video of Rich's helmet!
The finished For the Love of Holiday Specials helmet:
Click images for a closer view. This helmet will be available for sale via eBay starting Thursday, August 23 with 100% of the proceeds going to support Make-A-Wish.